Greats and Goats: Week 11 Edition
After enduring a three-game losing skid and a week-long locker room fiasco, the Jets finally caught a break Sunday afternoon notching a successful win in downtown St. Louis. The win serves as temporary relief for Gang Green who is now facing the daunting challenge of a Thanksgiving contest against the division rival New England Patriots, who manhandled Indianapolis en route to a 59-24 victory. The was off to a unfavorable start for New York when Sam Bradford led the Rams to a touchdown on their opening drive. The scenario was all too familiar for Jets nation who have been forced to witness the dismantling of their defense week after week. However, the game began to tilt toward the Green-and-White after Muhammad Wilkerson forced a Bradford fumble which Mark Sanchez would eventually turn into a touchdown. The Jets never looked back. From the second quarter on, the game was dominated by New York. The Jets managed to take care of the football all day with a balanced rushing and passing attack. Despite a few hiccups, the game could not have been scripted any better for a team who has been playing uninspired football for a little over a month. Facing their former offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, Gang Green showed that they made the right choice in the switch and added the cherry on top to an already sweetened day. Greats and Goats Week 11 at St. Louis Greats Mark Sanchez, QB - After facing more criticism for his lackluster performances the past few weeks, Sanchez showed why Rex Ryan has faith in his franchise quarterback. The former USC Trojan finished the day 15 of 20 for 178 yards and one touchdown. While the numbers themselves may not be impressive, Sanchez managed to keep the ball away from St. Louis' defenders. He converted nine third downs that kept drives alive and kept the aerial threat in the minds of the Rams' secondary. Muhammad Wilkerson, DE - Wilkerson had another forced fumble, his second in as many contests that led to the touchdown that got the Jets rolling. Wilkerson is proving to be a great addition to Gang Green's front seven as he continues to make game changing plays week after week. Offensive Playmaking - The Jets had four different backs with positive yardage and nine different receivers with a reception. No matter whose number was called, that player would respond by making a play. Running back Bilal Powell was the lone standout. The sophomore back recorded 42 yards on the ground and two scores. Adding in another 18 yards through the air, Powell had a breakout day for the Green-and-White. GOATS Special teams - Special teams seem to let Gang Green down at least once every game this season. Sunday was no different. The Rams managed to penetrate the protection for Nick Folk and block a field goal early in the contest. The play could've served to demoralize the whole team but proved to be a mere afterthought of a great all-around performance.
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